Author: S.A. Klopfenstein
Narrator: Stacey Krejci
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes
Series: The Watcher Epic, Book 1
Publisher: S.A. Klopfenstein
Released: Jan. 22, 2020
Genre: Fantasy; YA
Winner of the 2017 Ink and Insights contest.
In a world where sorcerers are hunted to extinction…
One girl defies a cruel empire.
Slave girl Tori Burodai never wanted to be the Gallows Girl. She never wanted to be looked to as a savior or a revolutionary. But then again, she never knew she was one of the last living Watchers.
Long ago, the sacred order of sorcerers was a force for justice in the world. Now, their magic survives only in myth.
That is, until Tori reveals incredible magic power in a desperate attempt to save the boy she loves from a cruel fate.
This act of sorcerous rebellion changes Tori’s future forever. Her defiance sparks the makings of a magic revolution that promises to restore the world to its former glory, under the guidance of a new army of sorcerers, the Shadow Watch.
But the ruler of Tori’s world has his own dark plans for magic, and he will stop at nothing to end this revolution and bend the Watchers to his will.
Even if it means pitting brother against brother. Friend against friend. And Tori against the boy she loves.
All must choose. But no matter the choice. The world will never be the same. For there can be no magic without monsters.
If you love exhilarating worlds, epic revolutions, and morally complex characters, then you will instantly love this sweeping teen fantasy series that readers/listeners are comparing to Mistborn and Throne of Glass.
S.A. Klopfenstein grew up on a steady dose of Tolkien and Star Wars. As a child, he wrote his first story about a sleepwalking killer who was executed by lethal injection. He lives in the American West with his wife and their dog, Iorek Byrnison. He can be found exploring the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, or daring the halls of the high school where he teaches English and mythology.
I hate to admit it, but when I first saw the cover, I was not wanting to read this book. Once I started though I could not stop! S.A. Klopfenstein stole my breath away with this book.
Shadow Watch is so much more than a book. It all felt so realistic. Like at any moment the monsters of the tales we have heard would come out and flood our world. Astoria is such a strong character. She is naive and weak as well. She is slow to grasp; however, you can tell from her story that it is from her upbringing. I can honestly say for once it didn’t annoy me, but I was screaming “come on” a few times. Believe me she was not the only person I screamed that at either. All the characters and scenes are intricately designed so well.
Klopfenstein did a wonderful job writing this story from beginning to end. It is filled with so much suspense that I am literally on the edge of my seat as I write this review. Stacey Krejci portrayed these characters perfectly throughout the narration. Each character was very distinctive throughout. I loved this journey provided by Klopfenstein and Krejci. The overall production was just great. I didn’t get lost even once. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story and every aspect that went into creating the entire production.
Honestly at this point, I just want book two. This story took me into a world I didn’t want to leave and cannot wait to go back to. I have fallen in love with these characters and need another glimpse into their lives. This is definitely a must read as far as I’m concerned. If you like takes and myths, you will definitely love this book as much as I have.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by S.A. Klopfenstein. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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